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Early Childhood Education

Student with Children at Community Party

Degree: Master of Science in Teaching (MST)
Credits: 36
Career Path: Classroom teacher for birth to grade 2

Start Semester: Any
Campus: Lincoln Center and Westchester
Full-time/Part-time: Both

Early Childhood, from birth through grade two, is a critical period for children’s learning and development. The Early Childhood program develops skills in teachers who can work effectively with all children in early childhood education settings. The program combines rigorous academic work with field experiences and student teaching to develop the knowledge and skills needed for success as teachers begin their professional careers.

Program Prerequisites

Applicants must have liberal arts prerequisites in 7 areas of study, including English Literature, math, foreign language and writing or communications, artistic expression, and social sciences.

Admissions Information

Application deadlines:

  • Fall: June 30
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer (both sessions): April 15

Browse the Admissions section for more about the application and financial aid processes.

Fieldwork Requirements

Generally, student teaching requires one full academic year, with placements in two different grade levels. In the fall semester, students complete 3 full days per week, and in the spring semester, 5 full days per week. Students are mentored by a field specialist and placed in our high needs “partnership schools” in New York City.

Program Curriculum

  • Beginning Reading and Writing in Inclusive Classrooms (CTGE5534)
  • Children’s Literature in a Multicultural Society (CTGE5245)
  • Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment (CTGE5232)
  • Early Childhood Education Portfolio (CTGE0707)
  • Early Learning Through Play (CTGE5233)
  • Family, Community, and All Young Children (CTGE5234)
  • Framework for Educating All Young Children (CTGE5230)
  • Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of American Education (UEGE5102)
  • Observing and Documenting Children’s Learning: Reflective and Effective early Childhood Practices (CTGE5850)
  • Psychology of Child Development and Learning (PSGE5316)
  • Special Education Foundations: Past, Present, and Future (CTGE5155)
  • Student Teaching Seminar: Issues in Reflective Practice (CTGE5200)
  • Student Teaching Seminar: Issues in Reflective Practice (CTGE5201)
  • Teaching Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students (CTGE5247)

Certification Information

The program leads to a Master of Science in Teaching degree (MST) and New York State initial teacher certification in Early Childhood birth to grade 2.

Teacher candidates who meet all program requirements, complete state-mandated workshops and exams, complete the course of study and established field experience are eligible for Fordham University’s endorsement for New York state initial certification in their program area. Read more about certification procedures.

Pass rates for Fordham’s initial teacher education graduates on the NYSTCE Teacher exams have been over 95% each year.

Programs are open to all who qualify; however, only U.S. citizens or international students who possess a U.S. Green Card or H1-B visa may be recommended for New York State teacher certification. 

Program Faculty

Dr. Chun Zhang

Marilyn Bisberg, MS


45 Columbus Avenue
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6400

Fax: 212-636-7106